A month after 4,000 beagles were rescued from a research lab in Virginia, the puppies have arrived at shelters across the country awaiting adoption.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, the beagles were rescued from their breeding home at Envigo Breeding and Research Facility in Cumberland under a court order in July in one of the largest canine rescues in U.S. history.
Now they are being sent as far as California, Wyoming, Florida and Massachusetts in hopes of finding their forever homes, WUSA9 reported.
The puppies were intended to be sold for use in pharmaceutical and biotechnology research, according to Envigo’s website.
The company says animal welfare is one of the company’s top priorities, however federal inspections over the past two years have shown that many of the dogs are living in appalling conditions.
Investigators found malnourished, sick, and injured beagles at the facility. According to a federal complaint, the dogs were kept in cages filled with feces and food waste. More than 300 puppies died at the facility between January and July last year.
Investigators also claimed the Envigo performed painful medical experiments on the puppies — including euthanasia without sedatives, according to WUSA9.
Local Virginia-based non-profit organization Homeward Trails Animal Rescue is helping with the massive endeavor of finding new homes for the dogs.
Last weekend, Homeward Trails hosted a “Suds and Netflix” night for the newly arrived dogs, who were given their first bath before watching a movie, the outlet reported.
The six-week-old puppies also visited some seniors at a foster home in Fairfax County, Virginia this week.
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